What to call this blog was probably the hardest part of getting it started as we weren’t sure what to call Sunday, December 31, 2017 – is it New Year’s Eve 2017 or 2018? Along comes Google which confirms that it’s 2017 yet that sounds old by now so we made to sure to include both years into the headline to avoid any confusion. Last year, we compiled two separate listings of New Year’s Eve parties – one for Broward County and one for Palm Beach County. This year, we combined the two. Apologies to Miami-Dade for not being able to produce a more complete listing for all of south Florida but this is what we do best! While this is in no way a complete list, it’s one that emphasizes supporting the local music scene which is what we do all year round. Of course, we won’t say no if anyone wants to throw in an ad or two to support our live music lovin’ habit!
City of Fort Lauderdale’s Annual Downtown Countdown
Hailed as one of the largest and most exciting New Year’s Eve celebrations in Florida, The City of Fort Lauderdale sponsors a free street festival that is filled with fun and entertainment for both children and adults alike. The spectacular celebration features a variety of activities for the whole family starting at 3:30 p.m. with an early countdown and “anchor” drop at 7 p.m.
The festivities for kids will include bounce houses/inflatables, face painting and games, contests and dancing with DJ William Pennhouse, and free caricatures until 7:30pm. The Fort Lauderdale will drop at midnight followed by brief fireworks and live music until 1am.
Alcohol will be available for purchase and cannot be brought in. It all takes place at Esplanade Park located across the street from the Museum of Discovery & Science in downtown Fort Lauderdale. More details at: www.fortlauderdale.gov/departments/parks-recreation/special-events/downtown-countdown
Downtown Countdown Event Schedule
3:30 to 8:30 p.m. — Family Fun Zone
- 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Inflatables, face painting, DJ with music, games & contests
- 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Special appearance by OBIE, the Orange Bowl Mascot
- 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. Kids Countdown to illuminate anchor & Line dancing
8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Live music by Orquesta Calle Sol ~ an 11 piece band that presents a tribute to the “Golden Years” of salsa: the 70’s and 80’s. The headliner is the Shane Duncan Band ~ playing Rock n Roll, Country and a wide range of music.
LOCAL BARS & RESTAURANTS WITH LIVE MUSIC ON NEW YEAR’S EVE
Steve Chumley at Plunge Beach Hotel in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea (12pm)
$ Incredible Johnny L at Fishtales on 33rd in Fort Lauderdale – Fishtales On 33rd (5pm) See Ad for Early Bird Dinner
Big Rock Band at The Village Grille & Pump in Lauderdale by the Sea (8pm) – Outdoor stage
Party at the Park at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale featuring Gipsy Band, Laser Lights, Live Cirque Performers (8pm-2am)
$ Tony Succar & Mixtura at Margaritaville Restaurant & Lone Palm Pool in Hollywood (9pm) – multiple free & paid options & venues
GrindStone Trio Unplugged at Bogart’s in Cooper City (8:30pm) $80 Pre Fixed Menu Available
$ Elisa Rego Band at Fishtales on 33rd in Fort Lauderdale (9pm) RSVP -See Ad on this page
Stone Mojo at Johnny O’Brian’s Pub in Coconut Creek (9pm)
Payback at Jimbo’s Sand Bar in Hollywood (9pm)
$ Shakey-T Band at Galuppi’s in Pompano Beach (9pm) – Outdoor stage – RSVP -See Ad on this page
$ Betty Padgett & Krush Band at Tavolino Della Notte in Coral Springs (9:30pm) – RSVP Call for details
Bounce at Lulu’s Bait Shack in Fort Lauderdale (9:30pm)
Fistful of Dollars at Chit Chats Bar in Pompano Beach (10pm)
Jason K. & Signal Fire at Hollywood Beach Bandshell outside of Margaritaville (10pm)
White Noise at Cheers Fort Lauderdale – Cheers Food and Spirits (10pm)
Green Means Go at Whiskey Tango in Hollywood (10pm)
Steeltown Religion at Cheers Sunrise (10pm)
Loose Cannons at Cagney’s “House of Rock” Saloon in Davie (10:30pm)
And what about the Coconut Creek Casino? Looks like their featured band at The Nectar Lounge will give way to a DJ at 11pm. However, you can still go see The Klik from 8-11 and then move to the Pavilion theater where, for $95+s/c, you can see The Village People featuring Victor Willis starting at 11pm. Tickets include 2 drinks, dessert, party favors and champagne at midnight.
For a more complete list of which bands are playing where, visit our Live Music Calendar for Broward County.
PALM BEACH COUNTY
The Funky Biscuit – Ring in the New Year with some of South Florida’s favorite blues musicians: Albert Castiglia, Matt Schofield & Heather Gillis starting at 8:00 PM on. Reserve Ticket includes a reserved seat and a 4 course dinner with champagne toast at midnight! Dinner options include: 8 oz. Filet Mignon, Chicken Cordon Bleu, 8 oz. Salmon Filet, or Vegetable Lasagna. All entrees include choice of two sides and Chef J’s special dessert. $100.00 Purchase online at www.funkybiscuit.com
Pavilion Grille – Dance to a mixture of Oldies, Motown, Latin, and Ballroom music with DJ DJ Russ spinning favorite hits. Dinner includes a Deluxe Dinner Buffet including a Prime Rib, Glazed Ham and Turkey Carving Station, Pasta Station, Asian Station plus more. Deluxe Dessert Station with Ice Cream Bar. Champagne Toast at Midnight. Dinner is served from 7:30 to 10:00 pm. All reservations must be prepaid. $99 (not including tax or service charge) Complete list of pricing options can be found online.
Blue Martini of Boca Raton presents a Roaring ’20s New Years Eve with Premium Open Bar & Passed hors d’oeuvres from 8-10pm, Champagne Toast & Countdown to Midnight, LoveChild Band at 8PM and DJ Til Close. Elegant Attire Encouraged. $60.00
Bostons on the Beach – The New Year’s Eve party at this Delray Beach restaurant promises enticing edibles and lively entertainment by Victor Wainwright and The Train. Wainwright’s career began over a decade ago with a rock ’n’ roll, honky-tonk style. Since then, he has broadened his musical scope to include virtually every category of the blues. The award-winning singer, songwriter, and piano player has a genuine passion for entertaining, and delivers a dynamic, crowd-pleasing performance. Guests can party all night from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., and revel in two different buffets. Enjoy the dinner buffet from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., toast the new year with champagne at midnight, then wrap up the fun with a breakfast buffet. Tickets start at $80, and party favors and gratuity are included. Click here to buy your tickets to the Boston’s on the Beach New Year’s Eve party.
Johnnie Browns – Enjoy local 80’s Rock cover-band Stall-4 starting at 9pm. No Cover.
Deck-84 – A casual waterfront restaurant located in downtown Delray Beach located adjacent to the Atlantic Avenue Bridge will be offering 3 additional entrees on their special menu for New Year’s Eve. Live Rock, Blues and Reggae by Bruja starting at 8:30pm.
Magic Bus (British Retro-Rock) will ring in the new year at The Blue Anchor British Pub in Delray Beach starting at 10pm
Can’t stay up till midnight? Downtown Delray hosts their annual Family Friendly New Year’s Eve party from 5-9pm at Old School Square with fireworks at 9pm. Activities include: Celebration Crowns, Kids Craft activities, Outdoor Games, Vintage Game Room, Photo Booth inside Santa’s House, Face Painting, 5-7pm Band & DJ from 7pm-9pm.
Elmo’s Rock Bar – Bombshell Band, Champagne toast and late night breakfast buffet. No Cover charge.
Banana Boat will feature the Axcents band from 8:30 till 12:30am (located on the Intracoastal waterway)
Piper’s Sports Bar & Grill – Free Buffet 8-9pm, Live music by 56-Ace at 9:30pm. $3 Washington Apple Shots, Beer Bucket Specials, Champagne Toast. No Cover charge.
Rhum Shak – Live music by Spechlis – No Cover Charge
Johnny Q’s Restaurant & Sports Lounge (Palm Springs) – Johnny Q’s has prepared a special menu for New Year’s Eve with entrees to include Yellowtail snapper, Lamb Chops, Surf & Turf and Pork Chops. Reservations are recommended for dinner. Deecode classic rock band headlines the live entertainment.
Brogues DownUnder – This expansive and authentic Irish bar has added a New Year’s Eve dinner special including choice of salad, grilled tenderloin and grilled lobster tail, dessert and a glass of champagne for $38.95. South Florida cover band Downtown will rock you into 2017.
33 Years (Rock & Country) will be at The Brass Monkey Tavern starting at 9:30pm
West Palm Beach
Copper Blues – This year’s New Year’s Eve Party is themed “Rock & Royalty” and will feature rock covers by Krazy Train. General Admission with advance purchase is $20 and includes entry at 8pm, entertainment, and midnight champagne toast. VIP Package Includes Entry, Entertainment, Table Reservation, Fixed Menu (Appetizer, Entree and Dessert), Party Favors and Midnight Champagne Toast $53.21 *includes tax & gratuity. Upgrade to VIP which also includes a Half Bottle of Vueve Clicquot Champagne, Chocolate Covered Strawberries and VIP Table Reserved Table for $115.66/pp. For more info: www.copperblueslive.com
City Place – Entertainment TBA. Snow will be falling every hour from 6 till 8 + Midnight!
Solstice Reign at Seaside Bar & Grill in Singer Island 9pm (No Cover)
Guanabanas Island Restaurant & Bar presents Spred the Dub beginning at 9 p.m. There is no cover charge to attend; 21 and over are welcome.
For a more complete list of which band is playing where, visit our Live Music Calendar for Palm Beach County.